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John Mark Rafacz

John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.

Articles by John Mark Rafacz

On Center: Broadway Baritone On Center: Broadway Baritone
3 weeks ago - Town and gown
A critic for the New York Times calls Brian Stokes Mitchell, who performs Broadway show songs in his Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State concert debut on Friday, October 17, “the last leading man.” While his career has involved extensive work in television and film — [Read More]
On Center: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet On Center: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
8 weeks ago - Town and gown
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is a twenty-first-century dance company. While ballet’s a piece of its name, tutus aren’t a part of its game. And dancing en pointe is only a sometimes technique. The dual-city company, based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and on the southwestern plateau of New [Read More]
On Center: Cirque Alfonse On Center: Cirque Alfonse
12 weeks ago - Town and gown
Do contemporary circus feats thrill you? Does the scent of fresh-cut pine fill you with nostalgia? Do sweaty, bearded, plaid-clad lumberjacks make your heart skip a beat? Well, then, the show coming to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium on Wednesday, October 8, might just have you yelling [Read More]
On Center: Regina Carter’s Southern Songs On Center: Regina Carter’s Southern Songs
16 weeks ago - Town and gown
Jazz violinist Regina Carter is a restless voyager. Her Reverse Thread (2010) album rejoiced in African folk music. I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey (2006) revived early jazz loved by her late mother. Paganini: After a Dream (2003) was a tip of the cap to an Italian violin [Read More]
On Center: Lionel Loueke’s music weaves West African roots with American jazz On Center: Lionel Loueke’s music weaves West African roots with American jazz
21 weeks ago - Town and gown
Guitarist Lionel Loueke grew up in the tiny West African country of Benin, but the terrain he covers in his music is vast. Joined by bassist Michael Olatuja and drummer Mark Guiliana, Loueke performs at the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State for the first time in an April 23 concert at [Read More]
On Center: Count Basie Orchestra and New York Voices On Center: Count Basie Orchestra and New York Voices
25 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra and New York Voices came together in Pittsburgh on February 10, 1996, to record a live album at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. On April 3, the big band and the vocal quartet get together in Pennsylvania again — this time at the Center for the [Read More]
On Center: Cantus On Center: Cantus
29 weeks ago - Town and gown
Cantus, called “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” by a critic for Fanfare, makes its Penn State concert debut this spring in A Place for Us. The eclectic program reminds audiences that even in our increasingly complex and diverse nation, we share a number of [Read More]
On Center: Broadway’s Sutton Foster On Center: Broadway’s Sutton Foster
33 weeks ago - Town and gown
In the market for a romantic evening filled with marvelous music? Sutton Foster, one of Broadway’s brightest young stars, makes her Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State debut in a Valentine’s weekend concert February 15 at Eisenhower Auditorium. Foster, who won Tony Awards for [Read More]
On Center: Gorgeous Guitar On Center: Gorgeous Guitar
38 weeks ago - Town and gown
If you’re passionate about guitar music, you won’t want to miss the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State’s January 31 presentation. Three superb guitarists perform Latin, jazz, and Brazilian music in Guitar Passions that Friday evening at Eisenhower Auditorium. Three-time [Read More]
On Center: B-3 Bomber On Center: B-3 Bomber
42 weeks ago - Town and gown
“Everyone has an angel,” Dr. Lonnie Smith says. Smith’s angel is Art Kubera, who owned a music store outside of Buffalo, New York. In the early 1960s, when he was about 20, Smith liked to visit the store. “One day he says, ‘Could I ask you a question son?,’ [Read More]
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